TORONTO – COVID-19 – Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 96,007 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. There is an increase of 389 new cases today.
There are 351 people hospitalized in the city.
To date, there have been 2,620 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 89,474 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at www.toronto.ca.
Today, Dr. de Villa provided an update on variants of concern in the city:
• There are 72 confirmed variant of concern cases in Toronto (71 are the U.K. variant B.1.1.7 and one is the Brazilian variant)
• 710 cases have screened positive for mutations of interest and are expected to be confirmed as variants of concern (up from 511 cases on Monday)
Toronto Public Health have also confirmed the reproductive number for Toronto is 1.1. This means that right now in Toronto, each new case of COVID-19 is giving rise to more than one new case of COVID-19 thereafter. Residents are urged to keep following public health advice to help bring that reproductive number below 0.7.
Toronto remains in the Shutdown Zone under the provincial Lockdown Regulation and subject to a Stay-at-Home Order until at least March 9. Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures. The guide communicates some of what is and what is not permitted under provincial regulations and City bylaws. The guide can be found at www.toronto.ca/lockdownguide.